The Ladies of Art

Stories of women between the 16th and 17th centuries.

The rooms of Palazzo Reale in Milan host a unique exhibition dedicated to the greatest female artists who lived between the 16th and 17th centuries:
Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, Elisabetta Sirani, Fede Galizia, Giovanna Garzoni and many others.
dedicated to the universe of women, focusing attention on their works, their priorities and their skills.

34 different artists are today rediscovered through over 130 works, testifying to an intense creative vitality all female, in a singular tale of passionate stories of women already “modern”. There are the best known artists but also those less known to the general public; there are new discoveries, such as the Roman nobleman Claudia del Bufalo, who becomes part of this history of female art, and there are works exhibited for the first time such as

the Pala della Madonna dell’Itria by Sofonisba Anguissola, made in Sicily, in Paternò, in 1578 and never left the island before; just as the altarpiece by Rosalia Novelli Madonna Immacolata and San Francesco Borgia leaves Palermo for the first time, the only certain work by the artist, from 1663, from the Church of the Gesù in Casa Professa; or the canvas Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine by Lucrezia Quistelli dated 1576, from the parish church of Silvano Pietra near Pavia.

Under the curatorship of Anna Maria Bava, Gioia Mori and Alain Tapié, the works selected for the exhibition come from 67 different lenders, including – nationally – the Uffizi galleries, the Capodimonte Museum, the Brera Art Gallery, the Sforzesco Castle,

the National Gallery of Umbria, the Borghese Gallery, the Royal Museums of Turin and the National Art Gallery of Bologna and – from abroad – the Musée des Beaux Arts in Marseille and the Muzeum Narodowe in Poznan (Poland).

Artemisia Gentileschi

Daughters, wives, sisters of painters, or sometimes women of religion: the exhibition The Ladies of Art presents not only the great compositional skills of these painters, but – through the telling of their personal stories – looks at the role they play in society of the time, to the success achieved by some of them at the great international courts, to their ability to know how to relate, distinguish and assert themselves by transforming themselves into real entrepreneurs, and to know how to compare themselves with their ideals and different lifestyles.

The Ladies of Art
At the Palazzo Reale, Milan
Until 25 July 2021